Opinion

Looking back at the week in news

Editorials

Expanding Granite Hammer is a positive step for the state The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday approved a measure to provide an additional $2.4 million to expand the Granite Hammer program, which has been on the forefront of taking down drug dealers in the region, as well as expanding options ...

Jobless number is only half true

Editorials

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism – much of it justified – for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Nashua’s educators are not babysitters

Letters

[sic]I am writing in response to comments made by Ward 5 Alderman Don LeBrun in the Nashua Telegraph an article, “Public hearing on Nashua education budget set for Wednesday,” published Tuesday, March 21. As an educator for nine years with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, I am ...

Many used out-of-state IDs to vote here

Letters

An article in the March 5 edition of the Union Leader says that data from the Secretary of State’s office shows that nearly 7,000 votes were cast by voters who presented an out-of-state driver’s license for identification – 5,903 of the newly registered voters in November used an ...

A look at downtown’s homeless population

Letters

The day after the latest winter storm, as we walked to Norton’s for breakfast. We approached an elderly man sitting on a bench near City Hall, dressed the way homeless people dress, and asked him whether we could bring him a cup of coffee and a piece of bread. “Rather hot chocolate and ...

Consider becoming a volunteer for CASA

Letters

In 2016, New Hampshire experienced over 500 opioid-related deaths. Unfortunately, this number is only the tip of this iceberg of the number of children whose young lives are impacted by drug abuse. The innocent victims of this epidemic are the children who are exposed to the trauma of their ...

Vouchers for the wealthy

Local Commentary

Take $63 million from the public schools and give it to people whose children do not go to public school. That, in a nutshell, is what Senate Bill 193 would do. The bill was approved by the Republican majority in the New Hampshire Senate last week, and now moves to the House. Republicans want ...

A pitch for NH taxpayer relief

Editorials

The House Finance Committee on Tuesday presented two initiatives for its chamber’s state budget bills geared toward returning money to New Hampshire’s cities and towns. House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, and other committee leaders included provisions to add $25 million annually in aid ...

Helping firefighters clear off our hydrants

Letters

Last week as I traveled north on Main Street, I noticed a fire department crew stopped just south of the bridge manning shovels to dig out a fire hydrant. Come on folks, give them a break. I know that we all have our own work to do with our driveways, cars and more, but do you want to watch ...

‘Trump care’ will raise insurance costs

Letters

Conservatives like to tell us that they are in favor of the free market concept called “choice.” Republicans claim their health care initiative, called “Trumpcare,” gives Americans greater choices; however, the negative impacts of this law show clearly that Republicans are ...

Raising awareness for World Water Day

Letters

March 22 is World Water Day, is an event raising awareness about Earth’s gift that is essential for all life – for plants, animals and humans. Nearly half of Earth’s population – 46 percent of people – do not have water piped into their homes. Water is a basic human right. Women and ...

Buying American whenever possible

Letters

President Trump wants to build a border wall, but unlike our pipelines, he doesn’t say where the steel is going to come from. Somebody needs to make sure this wall is built with American steel to offset the Russian steel used in Trump’s pipelines. Joseph Peitz, Nashua

City’s superintendent search must reset

Letters

I carefully assessed both candidates for the Nashua superintendent of schools during the “meet and greet,” followed by the “public hearing.” I was not impressed with either candidate and recommend the school board start the search over again. This time, I suggest some ...

U.S. needs to keep promise to allies

Editorials

The United States has been involved in an ongoing military conflict in Afghanistan for more than 15 years, with nearly 2,000 American troops killed in action. Some of our best partners in this battle half a world away are the thousands of Afghans who have worked on behalf of the U.S. government ...

Earmarking cash to roads, bridges

Editorials

Shipping surplus funds back to taxpayers is usually very popular in a Republican-led Legislature, but so is attracting new economic development. It is the latter that most likely prompted conservative leaders in the New Hampshire House and Senate to offer an amendment that sends surplus cash ...

Concerned about negativity toward EPA

Letters

I am deeply worried by what I read about the attitudes toward the Environmental Protection Agency expressed by members of the Trump administration. This is a very personal concern for me, being raised in a family which spent much time outdoors, considering and wondering at the miracles of ...

Don’t discourage our voters in this state

Letters

As a native Granite Stater, voter and Keene State College student, I am dismayed at the heavy-handed focus in Concord to change our same-day voter registration system. Same-day registration is the only process for all eligible New Hampshire voters to register here and it’s a wildly popular ...

Leave the spending cap as it is written

Letters

I read Mr. Moriarty’s commentary in the March 5 edition of the Nashua Telegraph and I wish to thank him for taking the time to write that column and enlightening those of us who live here as to just what “backroom” dealings are really occurring at City Hall with regards to the spending ...

Wood is the right choice for Milford

Letters

I would like to express my support for Rick Wood who is running for the school board in Milford. I have known and worked with in fire prevention, Rick for the past 16 years and think he would be a great choice for school board member. Rick was the fire marshal for the city of Nashua and ...

The perils of Old Hickory

National Commentary

Upon taking office, President Donald Trump dusted off a portrait of Andrew Jackson and hung it above his desk in the Oval Office. He chose better than he knew. The most jaw-dropping furor of the early Trump administration – the Obama wiretapping allegation – was presaged in broad outline ...